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Pranamar Villas and Yoga Retreat
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Playa Hermosa, Santa Teresa 154, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #12 of 25 hotels in Santa Teresa
Houston, Texas, United States
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“Magical place.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

We stayed at a beach-front bungalow for three nights on our honeymoon, and loved every minute of it. The location is perfect - right on the beach, a couple feet away from Playa Hermosa and near tide pools that are great for snorkeling. The food is impeccable, and a great value. It's fresh and healthy, and they have an amazing menu of fresh juices.Their cocktails are just as good!
The yoga classes are top notch and offer a variety of levels and styles. Rent some ATVs while you're there and check out Santa Teresa - its such a fun way to see the town.
What really makes Pranamar stand out is their staff. They are warm, friendly, attentive, and make each guest feel like they're the only ones staying there.
To Johan, Alvaro, Esteban, Diogenes, Starling -- thanks for everything. We're putting together a care package to send you! --pura vida

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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newalbum, Yoga director/co-owner at Pranamar Villas and Yoga Retreat, responded to this review, November 30, 2012
Dear Happy Honeymooners,
So glad you had a wonderful vacation and congratulations again on your marriage! We loved helping to make your time in Costa Rica special and hope that you will come back for more great food, yoga and surf. Stay in touch and come back to stay with us soon.
Many blessings,
Nancy Goodfellow
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012 via mobile

Wow where do I begin, I could go on and on about how amazing this place is. I was a little apprehensive about going to a yoga retreat for our honeymoon seeing as though neither my husband or I do yoga, but I fell in love with the pictures online! When we got there we immediately fell in love with the place. The food was beyond amazing and a reasonable price. My husband is a very much a meat and potatoes guy and he loved the food so much he ventured out of his usual comfort zone which I could never get him to do at home. The staff was the best! From Dego in reception to Ann and Johan(the best bartender ever) in the restaurant. The chefs where great they came and chatted at dinner and where just great guys! Besides making a new dinner menue every night based on the freshest ingredients that day. Susan the own even came over in the morning to chat. The pictures don't do it justice! I wish we would have spent our entire trip here and not made our way over to la fortuna, it was a complete let down after leaving Pranamar. They truely are a pranamar family and make the guests feel the same way.

Love always,
Maryrose and Derek

P.s. stay in villa 3, and check out the Bakery down town if you want to venture out for lunch. Must rent atvs and drive to montezuma!

Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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pranamar, Owner at Pranamar Villas and Yoga Retreat, responded to this review, November 28, 2012
Hello Friends
WOW, WOW, you sure know how to make us happy! Thank you for taking the time to write this wonderful review. I owe any and all success to the amazing staff (family) that runs Pranamar. But what makes me so happy is that you appreciated all of them the same way i do!! Honestly, nothing, absolutely nothing an make a hotel owner happier than to know his/her guests have left not just satisfied, but JOYFUL!
I have a big smile on my face, and my heart is thumping because you took the time to write and you were so enthusiastic.
Wouldn't it be fun to catch up with you again in the future?? It would be an HONOR to see you return..
Much love and Happy Holidays
Susan Money, Owner
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

We wish we had stayed longer! This is a boutique-ish hotel. The yoga area is amazing, teachers are better than any I have had in the states. The entire layout of the hotel is well integrated into the land. The staff is amazing, friendly, well spoken and just plain cool. I would stay here if you are looking to get away to a quiet and peaceful Costa Rica. The beach is not swimable but a short 3-5 min walk on the beach is Plays Hermosa which is THE spot for surfing and swimming. For the price you get so much! We stayed in an ocean front villa which really is a 2 bedroom house! Breakfast (full menu ie French toast banana pancakes, omlets, breakfast burrito etc) and yoga included!!
Can't wait to return!

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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newalbum, yoga teacher/co-owner at Pranamar Villas and Yoga Retreat, responded to this review, November 24, 2012
Dear friends, we thank you for taking the time to send in such a positive review and we couldn't be happier that your stay with us was so enjoyable. I'm especially pleased that you enjoyed our great yoga classes, as I worked hard to find the best teachers for our ocean front studio. We truly love what we do and feel so blessed to be able to come each day to such beauty and share our passions for life with our guests. Hope you'll come back again, whether you decide to come for a yoga retreat or just a relaxing week of surf, great food and beautiful weather! Thanks again,
Nancy Goodfellow
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012 via mobile

After a grueling three day mountain bike race across the country, my wife and I decompressed and recovered for three days enjoying an amazing yoga instructor in an open air studio with views and sounds from the ocean. The surfing is some of the best in the world, and the food and service was amazing. Be sure to give the manager Mario a high five for doing great in the same race - La Ruta de Los conquistadores! Can't wait to go back.

Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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newalbum, yoga teacher/co-owner at Pranamar Villas and Yoga Retreat, responded to this review, November 24, 2012
Congratulations again for your amazing accomplishment in the race! It was so great that you guys choose to unwind and rejuvenate with us at Pranamar. So glad you enjoyed the yoga classes...it was a pleasure to help you relax and stretch out after such a physical challenge! Hope you both will return soon to stay with us at Pranamar Villas. Be well and many safe cycling journeys!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

My husband and I stayed here in June 2012 for our honeymoon. We loved Villa #1 and felt like we were pampered for the 4 nights we stayed. They did everything to make our stay comfortable. We LOVED the couples massages and while we had two included in our package, we added a third because they were that amazing!! Having breakfast delivered to the room is a great option we didn't know about until the end of the trip and I highly suggest the french toast dish. I loved our stay.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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pranamar, Owner at Pranamar Villas and Yoga Retreat, responded to this review, September 20, 2012
Dear Friends,
Thank you so much for your loving words! We feel so honored when people choose us for their honeymoons!! And when we live up to your expectations, well...what could be better?
Honestly, we all love what we do. Pranamar seems to attract active, healthy, loving , happy people, and so that just makes our jobs even easier!
Have a wonderful year and please, come back one day and celebrate with us again! Thank you for taking the time to write such a beautiful note.
Namaste
Susan Money, Owner
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

My husband, kids and I have traveled to many places around the world and i've never felt compelled to write a review. All five of us simply love Pranamar. My husband and I went alone in January - to practice yoga and to learn how to surf - but we got so much more. We landed on one of the most remote and peaceful beaches in Costa Rica and in a resort that has the most open and friendly owners. Susan, Greg and Nancy are truly amazing people. Nancy's yoga class is unmatched - after practicing for 15 years in NYC, it is hard to find her style and in an open environment (while watching the Pacific Ocean waves crash in front of you). Susan helped us return to the area this summer, this time with our kids. We got back about two weeks ago and my kids, husband and I are still missing every moment of our time spent in this amazing place. Pranamar is peaceful, healing, perfect.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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pranamar, Owner at Pranamar Villas and Yoga Retreat, responded to this review, September 20, 2012
Hello to our favorite family ever! :)
Thanks for writing us....but really, we should be writing you! I miss your beautiful energy in yoga I miss your handsome loving husband....but those twin girls TORE out my heart! Thanks so much for being a part of Pranamar and for sharing your family and for all the love that you gave us!
Nancy feels very complimented that you are so enthusiastic about her teaching because you are such an amazing yoginni!
Have a wonderful year and make sure you stay in our lives. No matter where you are, you will always be in our hearts.
Love, Susan and Nancy and ALL of our Pranamar Family
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

Pranamar Villas is a lovely and idillic place to spend a few days in paradise. The rain season did not match this location. Fresh supplied towels never dried and smelled due to the humid climate. Fantastic was the Yoga session, that only experienced Yogis and beginner-Yogis that seek a challenge can keep up with, that takes place every morning for none-stop two hours. Appreciated would have been Yoga twice a day and half as advanced for all levels to match the 'inclusive'. The special outside Guru-Showers make the houses very open and accessible to everything and everyone. However, the overnight security guards were appreciated. Late August openings should be lowered in price and full payments should be refundable if the guest wishes to leave on the next day due to unmet expectations. We wish we'd experienced this resort in a dry season as we loved the idillic and calm and would have liked to experience what the pictures promised. We were disappointed about the reply when we addressed a view points to the reception. We couldn't help but be fully aware of the fact that this was end of season for Pranamar Villas.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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pranamar, Owner at Pranamar Villas and Yoga Retreat, responded to this review, September 13, 2012
Dear Rainy season Guests!

Yes, you are absolutely correct, the rainy season does mean that towels don't stay dry (even when delivered to you fresh) and things just feel WET. Its part of living in the tropics and something that one must consider when travelling during our rainy season.
If our yoga classes seem long it's because we do offer a long class.
But of course, one is always welcome to leave a bit earlier or when they feel adequately exercised! We do have beginner classes some afternoons, I wonder if you knew about this?
It's interesting, some of our rainy folk guests tell us they would never come any other time of the year, they so enjoy the cloudy days, warm water and our open air showers. All part of the ambiance I wanted to create because it is so rare when one can have an outdoor style shower all year round! If you are not a fan of the "hanging gardens' in the outdoor bathrooms, each villa also has an indoor, completely covered bathroom that is much more traditional. I personally find them rather boring, but perhaps that's why I moved to the tropics!!
We actually are only closing for 3 weeks, not because of the rains, but because there is maintenance that we must do every year without disturbing guests. But the rains do not stop us. Yogis and surfers find that the rain is not a deterrent. Roads can be bad and lightning a whole new experience but all part of the joy of the tropics!
Come on back in the summer, and by the way, you did have a discount in your rate. We have different rates in our high season months.
Thank you for your input, sorry to say, Mother nature is out of my control!
Happy sunny days.
Susan Money, Owner
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Address: Playa Hermosa, Santa Teresa 154, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Santa Teresa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Teresa
#11 Romantic Hotel in Santa Teresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Pranamar Villas and Yoga Retreat 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Costa Rica’s Premier Ocean Front HotelPranamar Ocean Front Villas and Yoga Retreat, an intimate, consciously designed oceanfront hotel recently built on the spectacular beach of Playa Santa Teresa, offers guests tropical beauty and nature in an exotic and friendly ambience. Along with world-class surfing and our top-quality Yoga classes, numerous activities and adventures await you.Immerse yourself in the beauty and ease into nature’s rhythm as Pranamar’s experienced and caring staff take care of all the details, making sure your vacation is perfect.Our hotel offers a variety of accommodations to fit your needs and desires: our luxurious two-storey villas built around a free-form saltwater pool have private lounging areas, tropical gardens and boast spectacular views, while the ecologically-constructed bungalows offer tropical simplicity with sea breezes, spacious decks and views of the ocean.Pranamar’s beautifully designed open-air restaurant and tea lounge specializes in healthy, delicious cuisine using organic fruits and vegetables, local fresh fish, seafood and organic meats.We invite you to step into the rhythm of nature, breath in the energy of the sea and discover... PRANAMAR!!! ... more   less 
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